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The rate of malpractice claims when EHRs were used was about one-sixth the rate when EHRs were not used, according to the results of a survey of physicians published online this month in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The Certification Commission for Health IT (CCHIT) focused its comments this week on the request for information (RFI) on governance and security of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN), published in the Federal Register by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on May 15.
Managing finances with the uncertainty of Medicare reimbursement rates took the top worry among 1,252 medical practice professionals participating in a survey from Medical Group Management Association-American College of Medical Practice Executives (MGMA-ACMPE) on their daily struggles.
Clinical systems developer Merge Healthcare has released Merge eClinical OS, a new clinical trial operating tool providing study support for trials.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a recent analysis of previous recommendations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), found that the IRS has implemented one of four recommendations made in June 2011 to strengthen the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) efforts by scheduling the development of performance measures for the PPACA program.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center has announced a new round of applications relating to the Advance Payment Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model.
House of Representatives' Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Chairwoman Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), inquiring about whether the department has adopted the Institute of Medicines (IOM) recommendations for improving the safety of health IT.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released an e-prescribing toolkit for physician offices.

Research presented as a scientific poster at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., concluded that careful analysis of physician radiographic image viewing preferences and appropriate display monitor selection will help enhance patient care in the operating room, particularly when medical-grade monitors are unavailable.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) launched its new standards and interoperability framework, Health eDecisions, last week.